It's practically the closest restaurant to me, even closer than Greenblatt's, the Griddle Cafe, Cheebo, etc. I'd been to the Tujunga version a couple of times. Yet when it opened oh-so-close to me, years ago, I was reticent. It was too popular. Jammed with industry hipsters.
But today, on a MONDAY, I had a hankering for Griddle Cafe and their massive pancakes. Still, a line, on Monday.
So we went to Aroma.
First of all and who knew for a cafe/bakery: Full Bar!
Second, just a massive menu. Surely they can't do it all well (Gordon Ramsay would have it down to five dishes), but...
It's Mediterranean food (Israeli owned) the likes of which I haven't had outside of my trip to Turkey. Their #1 Breakfast is two eggs as you like with a salad (for breakfast! so Mediterranean) with julienned cucumber, tomato, and shaved feta. The shaved feta was unbelievable. Not your crumbly feta, it melted creamily in the mouth.
I ordered my eggs poached, medium well, and they came out just so.
#1 also included a pint of (truly) fresh squeezed OJ, bottomless coffee, their baked in house olive bread, house made marmalade, and their "olive cheese spread," which was like the cream cheese/salmon mix you get at your local bagelry, but with kalamatas instead of salmon. I mean, come on!
Wife had one of their (several) breakfast "burritos" (not really, because the wrapper is an ultra-thin, grilled lavash bread. I'm not generally a fan of "wraps," but this was really good): omelette, avocado, smoked salmon, spicy sauce.
The menu is ridiculous. Everything from beef stroganoff (with rice rather than noodles, which some will appreciate) to fish tacos, to filet mignon to all manner of Mediterrean staples like eggplant, puff pastry thingies w/fillings.
They also do smoothies, shakes, have 8-10 beers on tap, $5 house wine happy hour every day, drink specials, $9 all you can drink mimosas on weekends...
Please, someone tell me why it sucks so I don't go there all the time.
PS: did I mention "Full Bar?"